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Derbyshire Youth Council

We have valued the voice and involvement of young people aged 11 to 19 years old in shaping services since 2002 through the establishment of the Derbyshire Youth Council.

The youth council is made up of elected members aged from 11 to 19 who are elected through their school, academy or special school in Big Vote. We have designated seats for SEND young people, elected home educated, young carers, children in care and black and minority ethnic (BME) and LGBTQ+ groups. The full council meets for a full day conference every 2 months to work on projects and issues important to young people.

At election time, new members can join the youth council and get involved in making decisions about things that are going on.


At the moment, the youth council serves a one, 2-year term of office. The current council were elected from over 117 candidates in March 2018.

The Big Vote for 2018 to 2020 has now finished and the new members elected.

What youth councillors get up to

Youth councillors represent young people from their own schools and communities - you can chat to them about any issues you feel strongly about and want to change.

Local councillors and MPs listen to the youth council's views and take them into account when they're creating new policies and plans for young people's services.

In the past, youth councillors have:

  • worked closely with our elected members and officers
  • discussed young people's issues with government ministers
  • spoken in the House of Commons
  • played a key role in promoting young people's issues across the East Midlands
  • served on the Derbyshire Children's Partnership Board
  • supported the Locality Children's Partnerships with their action planning
  • taken part in meetings, conferences, events, consultations and visits

During their meeting in March 2018 youth council members worked on their priorities and actions for the coming year. The 3 campaign themes for the next 12 months will be:

  • keep children safe
  • a curriculum to prepare us for life
  • emotional health and wellbeing
These priorities will be reviewed at the meeting in March 2019.

Meetings, with lunch included, will be held on the following Saturdays from 10am to 3pm:

  • 26 January 2019
  • 30 March 2019 - DYC and county-wide Local Youth Forum meeting and 'Chairman's Awards'
  • 18 May 2019
  • 13 July 2019
  • 28 September 2019
  • 30 November 2019

Meetings are held at:

Polygon Youth Centre
Church Street
DE55 7AH

If you have any questions, would like more information, or would like to know how your local youth councillors are supporting these campaigns email: